At the end of his scholarly piece on whether the Rules of the Houses of the Oireachtas applied to non-members, Fergal correctly pointed out that while the House rules trying to control how Oireachtas video was used might lack teeth, they did not deal with the question of copyright. The portion of the Copyright Act of 2000 which deals with copyright on proceedings in the Oireachtas is Section 7171.
For a couple of centuries, New York City was politically dominated by the Democratic Party machine known as “Tammany Hall”. All-powerful and frankly corrupt, Tammany was the machine through which immigrants, particularly the Irish, rose through the ranks of New York politics. You could almost call it the Fianna Fáil of old New York.
Where is the Society of Chartered Surveyors 2009 report setting the rebuild costs on which insurance companies base their premiums? Apparently they don't even have an estimated date for delivery. Instead, we're all paying our insurance companies based on values in the May 2008 report.
It is said that the mark of a gentleman is that when proved wrong he will acknowledge his error, but when proved right will never point it out. I am no gentleman. This week, Anglo-Irish Bank- the financing wing of the Fianna Fail/ Property Developer axis which has actually run the country for its own benefit for the last 15 years- finally keeled over dead.
The mediaforum symposium on Saturday last provoked a couple of thoughts I wanted to get down before they faded away. Firstly, I greatly enjoyed listening to most of the conference participants. Given it was primarily a conference about education policy - something I am a stranger to- this was an achievement in itself.
The Minister for Justice is sometimes accused of not being able to control himself. Here, in the midst of a Seanad Debate, he veers off topic in order to unburden himself on the question of the press, in general, and Fintan O'Toole and Vincent Brown in particular. Special note: Spot Martin Mansergh trying to staunch the flow, and failing.
A flash of Paper Round style genius from Kevin Breathnach of the Disillusioned Lefties as he compares and contrasts The Irish Times article on the death of fancy-dan theorist Jean Baudrillard to the one printed in the NY Times. It seems Brian Boyd from the Times (Irish) has a writing style similar to that of Patricia Cohen of the Times (NY). This post was influenced by Bloggorah and Disillusioned Lefty.